Written by RATB
On 24 April 2019 the BBC published an article which was clearly intended to attack the Cuban revolution, while it lacked any seriousness or credibility: “Cuba’s government mocked by stampede of ostrich memes“. The article tries to mock the Cuban revolution with very questionable foundations. A member of the recent Rock Around The Blockade 2019 Brigade has written the following reply:
To Pascal Fletcher and the BBC:
I feel like the BBC needs to do a little bit of research before publishing articles. You have been very quick to amplify the voices of social media users – whether Cuban or not – who are critical of the government. However, you haven’t offered facts or the views of “the other side”. Any credible news source should show some balance and use evidence in their reporting. In fact, how about you start reporting on Brexit using memes and comments on online forums as your only source?
I have just been on a solidarity brigade to Cuba with Rock Around The Blockade, which has given me the chance to see the situation in Cuba for myself and talk to many experts. I therefore feel compelled to present you with some important facts.
What kind of Cuban meme stampede comes from a few Facebook accounts based in Florida and one Twitter user from Uruguay? You only need to click on the profiles of the posts you show on your article to see where they live. Social media platforms, including Facebook, are accessible from Cuba – could it be that you are deliberately giving a distorted image of public opinion in Cuba? And could you say some more about Cubadebate (which is NOT government-owned)? Could it be that there is freedom of expression on open platforms in Cuba?
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